Adrian Grenier is an American actor, producer, director and musician. He is most notable for playing the lead role of Vincent Chase on the Emmy nominated HBO original series Entourage.
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Hi guys, back again on reddit for another AMA.
My latest project, 52: The Search for the Loneliest Whale is a cinematic experience where you can join a team of renowned marine biologists on a real-life quest, braving the dangers of the open ocean to find Lonely Whale, also known as the 52 Hertz Whale ("52”), who is believed to have spent his entire life in solitude, calling out at a frequency that no other whale can understand.
Our mission will also be to study hybrid whales by tagging them with hi-tech sound techniques for the first time EVER! Giving us a chance to know how man-made ocean noise could be effecting communication amongst sea creatures, such as our hero the Lonely Whale. NO ONE HAS EVER ATTEMPTED TO DO THIS, until now, until YOU!
You can check the campaign here, with 13 days to go: lonelywhale.com
I'm going to be joined for my AMA today by Jackie Savitz, Vice President for US Oceans at Oceana, expert on ocean noise pollution, and marine biologist, who's working to help protect the world's oceans.
Victoria's helping us get started.
Go ahead and ask away!
Hey everyone. Thanks so much for being a part of this with me. I am super passionate and to see your enthusiasm reflecting back at me is so inspiring. We are all #teamLonelyWhale. I have to run to the city, but will check back in on some good questions I might have missed. But please do donate, doesn't have to be much, to give the scientist a chance to do their important world. I suggest a $7 donation (5+2) for 52, lonely whale :)
oh and I'll leave you with a joke: What do you do with a blue whale...? Cheer him up ;)
Are you still Queens Boulevard?
And always will be.
Hey Vince - Mandy is single again. You got this.
Did Jason Momoa ask you if he could be Aquaman?
no sir. That was a whole side deal. I'm excited to share the role with him. He can be in the movie, and I'll do work for the ocean in real life with lonelywhale.com - hope you join the adventure.
Hey Adrian thanks for doing this! All five of you (You, Kevin, Jerry, Jeremy and Kevin) on Entourage look like you have great chemistry with one another. Was it hard recreating that after four years away or did it all come back naturally?
It was like riding a bike.
Adrian, super excited for the Entourage movie this summer. Your bromance with Ari is one of the all time great loves on TV.
Do you and any of your castmates actually hang out off the set and who is most like their character on the show?
You mean is there an off-set bromance happening? Hahaha. It's like a family. We don't hang out all the time (I live in NY) but we will never loose the affinity that we have for each other.
Hey Adrian, what was it like working with Sasha Gray?
She's a really cool person. Very sophisticated and sensitive. She's a big supporter of @lonelywhale too.
I have been supporting lonely whale from the beginning. I have been trying to spread the word around as much as possible! I support it 10000% and I wish you guys the best of luck reaching your kickstarter goal. My question is..
What is the plan once the team finds the whale? I understand you want to do research but anything specific?
Also, would you mind taking a look at this link? It is a fundraiser to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis. In honor of my Papa I created a team for the MS walk in Boca Raton on March 15. He passed away from this horrid disease almost 3 years ago and would be grateful if you could take a look.
Yes will look at the link. I'm supporting 20-30 fundraisers to show solidarity for the crowdfunding community. Reciprocity is how we make the world better.
There is so much we will learn on our quest. That's why we will be filming it, so it can be part of the film. We want to learn as the scientist learn. And there is a lot of cool science gear that we will highlight and feature.
Hey Adrian, Ive met you at the Louisville Airport in 2009 and again a few weeks ago at the Super Bowl. My question is, are you my best friend? Fellas
I don't believe in best friends. But we are all family ;) we can all be best friends with @lonleywhale
Hi, from Australia (4 in the morning here, probably earliest I've woken up voluntarily!)
I was wondering in the scene with Martin Scorsese in Entourage on the phone did you actually speak to him? And if so who speaks faster and is more intimidating, Scorsese or Woody Allen? (When you did 'Anything Else'). And lastly what do fans call you the most: Adrian, Vince, Vinnie or Aquaman?
I can't wait to see the Entourage film, and you're awesome, goodluck with your new project, sounds thought provoking :)
Hey thanks. haha.
People switch between all the names. I am not just Adrian anymore, I'm Vince, Aquaman and "that entourage guy"
Your character of Vince seems so different from the real you (based on your various documentary pursuits). What was it like playing that character for so much of your career?
I am so proud of having had an opportunity to play such an iconic character, on a era defining show. It has also giving me an opportunity to continue to pursue my passion for film making and documentaries. I hope that all the love that entourage gets, translates to my work in documentaries and for the oceans. Lonelywhale.com needs an entourage too after all.
Hi Adrian! Do you play any video games?
I like monument valley. a smart phone app.
♥ Welcome Adrian! About The Lonely Whale project (which I love)....will it be fairly easy to find the whale based on the frequency? And do you know he is still alive?
This quest is going to be very difficult. Any work on the open ocean is dangerous and difficult. We may not be able to find him, but we will definitely be able to acoustically tag hybrid whales, which has NEVER been done before, and get some real data on why lonelywhale.com may be speaking a different language. Could be because of man made ocean noise. He is still alive, and we heard him recently, but will need to triangulate his position and that requires some hard core calculations from our team of scientist.
Adrian, is it true you are in the startup tech scene? Have you ever worked with any companies before that we would know about? For example, Crewmix app (
I am certainly keeping up with what's happening in tech. I am so curious to see how we will advance and have been doing small investments in some cool companies.
Adrian, pancakes or waffles?
pancakes. hands down.
How do the behavioral characteristics of a lone whale differ from those in a pod?
We know so little about hybrid whales (who are increasing in number, and what Lonelywhale is believed to be) so that is one thing our scientists are looking to understand better. We know less about the oceans than we do the surface of the moon.
What is the main goal of Lonely Whale? If best case scenario happens, what does this organization hope to learn?
We want to make a film about @lonelywhale and his history, how we discovered him and what he has to say to us humans, about being human. We are also funding a real life scientific quest to understand better the effects of ocean noise pollution on the way marine mammals are able to communicate. We are drowning out their call, and disrupting their ability to connect. We can relate, because we know how important it is to connect with others of our own species.
How long do you go between haircuts?
I don't have a schedule, or a method. I am a dude, I don't think about it.
Favorite sports team?
the Chicago whales. ;)
Can we expect anymore trailers or teasers from entourage? Doug Ellin is killing me with the silence concerning the movie. Anything at all please.
ha, I'm sure there will be, but be patient. I think I know where you would have come out on the marshmallow test. haha
I don't kiss and tell
I love breakfasts. I usually don't buy a lot of things I can't eat.
My biggest goal is to make @Lonelywhale a global symbol for ocean health. Please help, join the quest .... lonelywhale.com
Hi Adrian . Im a massive fan of Entourage (I have the boxset and watch it once at year). Given that Gatsby and Aquaman are now out in real life which films from Entourage would you also like to see come to life?
the new one, from the entourage movie. Can't wait for you to see it.
Do you know if any links have been made between the whales frequency and frequencies used by navy operations? Can't wait for the film by the way.
There is so much to study. Certainly all of man made ocean noise, military, oil exploration and commercial shipping (yea, it's a lot now with all the imports from China) have an effect on marine wildlife. Our scientists are going to get to understand better all of this. But we need to give them the financing to do it. Thanks, great question.
What's a hybrid whale?
a cross between two species of whale.
What inspired you to do Lonely Whale?
The minute I heard the story i was moved to help. I can relate to @lonelywhale - I was a bit of an outcast when I was younger, so I know what it's like to be lonely. I think he inspires people to be kinder to others, even if they seem different. empathy and compassion is what his message is.
Hey Adrien! I don't mean to sound insulting.. but how did you get associated to this? Are you interested in Marine biology, or did something happen to associate you to this project? Also, how cool is Jeremy Piven? He seems like such a super chill guy!!!
hey, I have been an avid diver and ocean lover. I've seen first hand how man has negatively effected the oceans. At this rate we won't have oceans to swim in or enjoy in the next 25 years. No joke.
I have also been making documentaries for the past 15 years. i believe it's important to tell the stories that transform us, hearts and minds.
What's your favorite cocktail to have while relaxing?
Also, fabulous job with the music your company has been picking up!
I'm a tequila guy.
Thanks. We have some cool stuff planed at SXSW. You going?
Is it possible that this whale is another species? I heard about this story years ago and am so glad it's finally getting noticed. It's absolutely outstanding.
I'm glad too :) poor guy finally getting some friends. Scientists speculate that he could be a new species, or perhaps a dying species. We will get to the bottom of it.
I thought Shot In The Dark was great. It was a really deep movie. I give you credit for putting all that stuff out there. How have things been with John Dunbar since the movie?
Hey, thanks. That means a lot to me. I just talked to my dad the other day. I am glad that I did that. I think documentaries are such a great way to explore a subject and get to understand the world a little better.
How did you find your passion with the Lonely Whale project? Seems like a great partnership, and love the work you put into the cause.
I am passionate because the @lonelywhale has spoken to me, like so many others. He is a hero worth following. He is a symbolic figure that is inspiring a movement.
I would like to know more about this whole. Are there any others or is this the last of his kind? Where in the area of the world would he live?
We do too! that's why we are doing this project and looking for the community to come on this quest of discovery. We want to understand better all of these things. No one has dared to support scientists to do the work they have been asking for.
Hi Adrian. Once funding is met, when do you all plan to start your quest and do you know where you will look first?
We need to meet our goal in order to make our window in late summer. That' s when scientists believe @lonelywhale will be close enough for us to reasonably attempt to triangulate his location. And also where the hybrid whales will be migrating.
Hey Adrian! My questions are how did you personally get into this project? Do you have any pets of your own? Thank you!
I don't have pets. i travel too much unfortunately. But I always imagine when you come home to a dog, who's been alone all day and how happy they are. So i know that @lonelywhale must desire connection, even if he is not human.
I am a PADI diver from Sarasota, FL and am so pleased that you have a campaign for the Lonely Whale. I'm enjoying the 'education' about whales and their communication from your posts. What other fundraising methods are you using? You may wish to make a custom branded Lonely Whale hanger to give as gift with donations. They are made in FL and recycled. We are a family start up biz so please let us know if we can help! http://www.hung-by.us
I like how your thinking. We have big plans to make @lonelywhale a household name.
I really appreciate your pursuit to bring more awareness for the noise pollution in our oceans. The story of 52 is pretty sad as there are people out there who can relate to it in some kind of a way. What I want to know is, what really pulled you to such a project? What are you planning to achieve (other than awareness) with the completion of the documentary? Thank you.
Awareness is key. Then we have some other things planed like an art exhibit, the biggest singular whale related exhibit ever, with all art created by the community. to name one of many goals we have.
What's your favorite pokemon?
I'll go with the vince of pokemons: Pikachu
What are your favorite chips?
salt & vinegar